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Lake Cook KinderCare

Erin Lazzara,
Center Director

1025 East Lake Cook Rd. Wheeling IL 60090
Ph: (847) 541-4406
Ages:
6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
Open:
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, M-F

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS: in Lexington Commons strip mall Lake Cood Rd & Lexington

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BUSED TO: Tripp, Pritchett, Field, Kilmer, Tarkington, and Twain.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff at the Lake Cook KinderCare is dedicated to the education of young children. So dedicated that more than 75% of the staff members have been with KinderCare for over five years! We all love what we do and can't wait for your child to become a part of our family.

Erin Lazzara, Center Director

""I believe that providing young children with knowledge and love is the best way to prepare them for the future and it is our responsibility to provide those key aspects to their foundation. I feel privileged to have the opportunity each and every day to make a difference in a young child’s life.  I enjoy working side-by-side with the teachers of this center to provide each family with quality education and customer service.”"

Erin has been with the company for eight years. She began as a Discovery Preschool teacher and that is where she discovered her passion for Early Childhood Education. Erin has been a teacher, Assistant Director, and Center Director and is thrilled to be a part of the Lake Cook KinderCare family!  Her top priority is to provide each child with a quality education in a safe and loving environment.

Previous Experience:

Erin has worked with children since she got her first job at the YMCA. Prior to joining the Lake Cook Wheeling center, Erin was a Discovery Preschool teacher, Assistant Director, and Center Director at the Knowledge Beginnings in Glenview.

Year Started:
7/9/2008
Tenure:
6 Years
Years in ECE industry:
11 Years

Amanda Michael, Assistant Director

""I strive each and every day to make sure that each child has a meaningful experience. I believe that placing your child in someone else's care is the hardest decision to make. I want to make sure that each family member has a great time with us and that they truly get to know us.""

Amanda started at KinderCare in 2010 as a floating teacher and has worked in each classroom since then. She began in the Toddler classroom in Fall of 2011. In the Fall of 2013, Amanda joined the Wheeling center as a trainee and is now the Assistant Director.

Previous Experience:

Before starting at the Wheeling center, Amanda was the Toddler teacher at the Buffalo Grove center. She has also helped out a variety of other centers and in many age groups and loves to bring her out of the box thinking to our center!

Year Started:
9/1/2010
Tenure:
4 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years

Ms. Zehra, Infant Classroom

""I love babies! I want to be around them all of the time. Trust of the parents and most importantly the million dollar smiles of the babies is my reward each and every day. I love watching the children grow each day and complete new milestones.""

Ms. Zehra has been working in KinderCare for fifteen years. She received her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Economics and also has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Zehra decided to pursue a career in teaching fifteen years ago and has never looked back. Her classroom provides a great foundation by increasing the self-esteem of the children and making them feel valued. She provides activities which reinforce interaction and language development where babies have an opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Ms. Zehra uses a variety of teaching strategies to enhance children's learning and development. The infants love our puppet play books and all of the sensory experiences that we provide for them.

Previous Experience:

Ms. Zehra has three of my her children and also helped raise her cousins, neices and nephews.

Year Started:
8/1/1998
Tenure:
16 Years
Years in ECE industry:
25 Years
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Economics, Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Marahi, Discovery Preschool

Ms. Marahi decided to pursue a career in teaching because of her passion for helping young children.  She cares for each infant that comes into her classroom and builds strong relationships with each parent.  Marahi knows that it is not always easy for parents to leave their baby while they go to work and strives each day to ensure that every baby gets the one-on-one attention they deserve.

Year Started:
12/6/2012
Tenure:
1 Year

Ms. Jackie, Infants

"I enjoy working with children and watching them learn new things.  I love when the children smile and greet me every day."

Ms. Jackie has been a toddler teacher at KinderCare for ten years and loves helping young children learn and grow.  She is passionate about the well-being of every child and wants each one of her students to know how special they are!  Jackie is currently working on achieving her associates degree for Early Childhood Education to enhance her wealth of knowledge.

Year Started:
4/5/2004
Tenure:
10 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Shawna, Toddlers

Ms. Shawna is orginally from Peoria, IL and has experience working with children from infant through four year olds and knows how to nuture each age group!  She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at National-Louis University where she was also a Resident Assistant for the Pace program.  When she is not at work, Shawna enjoys spending time with her son and her fiance.  Shawna believes that every child should have the to opporunity learn, grow, and feel loved!

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining the KinderCare family, Miss Shawna spent four years at a different early childhood center where she was an Infant and Toddler teacher.

Year Started:
11/13/2006
Tenure:
8 Years
Years in ECE industry:
10
Education:
Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Developmental Psychology

Ms. Debbie, Preschool

""I love the fact that the children are so excited to see me and want to explore and learn. The children make me feel so proud when the parents tell me that their child wants to come to school as soon as they wake up in the morning!""

Ms. Debbie has been the Discovery Preschool teacher for almost six years. She has her Child Development Associate's Credential and is going back to school to finish her degree. She brings a lot of positive energy and excitement into the Discovery Preschool room. Ms. Debbie also works very closely with parents to make sure each child and family feel like they are an important member of the class.

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Debbie worked as a nanny for five years and taught at Gymboree for five years.

Year Started:
11/1/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Krissy, Prekindergarten Classroom

""I love to watch how excited the children are when they accomplish something new and being so excited about learning!""

Ms. Krissy is an energetic and passionate Prekindergarten teacher. She has worked with the Prekindergarten children for almost six years. She believes each child is a special and exciting part of her class. Ms. Krissy has her Child Development Associate's Credential and is finishing her degree in Education. She loves to make KinderCare a fun and educational place for not only children but families as well. Ms. Krissy strives to have each child and family learn and grow as part of our KinderCare Family.  

Previous Experience:

Prior to joining KinderCare Ms. Krissy worked as a nanny for six years, at the Park District Before and After School Program and spent four years working at Gymboree.

Year Started:
11/1/2007
Tenure:
7 Years
Years in ECE industry:
6 Years
Education:
Child Development Associate's Credential

Ms. Shilpa, Private Kindergarten & School Age Classrooms

""Children's excitement to learn anything new makes me love my job. Their efforts and achievements motivate me everyday. Teaching young children always has been my passion.""

Ms. Shilpa came to the United States from India in March 1988. She started her first job with KinderCare working with the two-year-old children. She worked with them for twelve years. Ms. Shilpa then got the opportunity to teach Kindergarten and School Age children. Her passion for teaching and love of children and their families excite her to come to work every day for the past 25 years. In the classroom, children enjoy our site word beach ball toss. Playing Bingo is a fun way to learn to read and recognize numbers. Reading is so much fun when the children play Musical Reading Chairs!

Previous Experience:

Ms. Shilpa previously taught Kindergarten in India.

Year Started:
3/1/1988
Tenure:
26 Years
Years in ECE industry:
25 Years
Education:
Associate's Degree, Kindergarten Certificate

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